Monday, August 31, 2009

ABS WATCH ’09

Abs Watch ’09 Continues: Ugh, I don’t watch the new 90210 - really! - but according to a number of news organizations they’ve apparently added a new little ab, uh, I mean boy. Relax, he’s actually 30. Yesss! It is on Tuesdays this fall?

Trevor Donovan

Trevor Donovan

Oh, his abs’ name is Trevor Donovan. I think...

Sunday, August 30, 2009

NY GOV.: NO TO THE “O”!

Yeah! to New York Governor David Patterson!

According to Asian Pacific Americans for Progress, Governor Patterson signed a bill that would eliminate the use of the word oriental “in documents used by state agencies, public authorities and municipalities when referring to people of Asian or Pacific Islander heritage.”

As we all know, the o-word is an unacceptable term to describe Asian Pacific Americans not only because it’s Euro-centric, but because of its use in history to malign Americans of Asian ancestry. Don't use it.

Good work, Governor Patterson!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

NOT ALL MODEL MINORITIES

Fox News NY's Ti-Hua Chang reports on Asian Americans and poverty. The press too often touts the model minority myth of Asian Americans, but many, I would even say most, aren’t. Some things you should know:
  • According to Asian American Federation’s study “Working But Poor: Asian American Poverty in New York City,” the poverty rate of Asian Americans is higher than African Americans
  • One in five Asian American family is poor, making less than $20,000 a year
  • Two in five Asian American families make below $40,000 a year
  • About 75% of New York City’s Asian Americans are immigrants, thus lack perhaps the skills or language to earn a living above the poverty line
  • While 12% of New York City’s population, Asian Americans only receive about 1% of government and private foundation aid
Asian American Federation advocates: economic development in Asian American communities, English classes, low-income housing, health insurance, child care, and senior centers. Help!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

VISUALIZE YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS

Maria Sharapova does it. The world’s best athletes do this - visualization. Visualization is “the process of creating a picture in your mind of a successful outcome.” Researchers have discovered that going through the motions in your head does actual help with your outcome. Ugh, it’s obvious I don’t visualize. Need. To. Do. It. NOW.

It’s a well-know that, according to The Huffington Post, “we stimulate the same brain regions when we visualize an action and when we actually perform that same action.” Mentral practice works, according to Journal of Sport Psychology researchers Debra Feltz and Dan Landers, in three possible ways:

  • Symbolic learning: Imagery helps develop a mental blueprint by creating a motor program in our nervous system. Rehearsal of the sequence of movements involved in a task allows us to learn them symbolically; we then apply them when we go out on the field of competition.
  • Psychoneuromuscular reaction: Mental practice produces very small muscle contractions similar to those involved in physical practice. The process suggests that images produced in the mind transmit electrical impulses to our muscles and tendons for the performance of an athletic exercise or event.
  • Psyching up”: An offshoot of the psychoneuromuscular theory, this states that the muscular activity associated with mental practice represents a level of overall arousal that may be optimal for athletic performance. In essence, mental practice sets up a certain amount of energy in the body that prepares us for our athletic endeavors.

Here’s what you need to do, loser:

  • Keep it vivid: Create as much detail as possible when you’re mentally practicing so your body creates that feeling of success.
  • Tailor your speed: When a task is new, run your simulations slowly so you can focus on the details.
  • Watch and learn: Observing others perform can activate the same motor programs in your head, making you better.

Watch out, Oprah!

Monday, August 24, 2009

ABS WATCH ’09

Yeah, Zac Efron personally doesn’t do it for me. I prefer men to boys, but I mean, I wouldn’t say “no” to Zac, and apparently he’s got major abs now!

Hmm, Zac still not so much for me. But his abs, that does do something for me. It’s called a little chub, I’m not gonna lie to you... Thanks, Zac.

Zac Efron

Sunday, August 02, 2009

CALMING FOODS

If you’re like me, you love, love, love food...and still have a six-pack. Okay, so most of you aren’t like me - you don’t have a six-pack. Sorry, fat asses! (I know, I’m a hot!)

Food makes me happy, and according to RealAge, food can also calm you down. But if you’re not OCD, schizophrenic, and a hypochondriac - like me - then you can skip to the next intellectually stimulating entry on WOW. Actually, go to a real blog, like Dlisted.

But if you got issues and you need calming, here’s what you need to eat:
  • Berries (any)
  • Guacamole
  • Mixed nuts
  • Oranges
  • Asparagus (Ugh! This I don’t like!)
  • Chai tea
  • Dark chocolate
Just don’t eat it all at once, fat asses!

Saturday, August 01, 2009

CUONG’S SPIRIT SERIES

Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
- Oscar Wilde
I grew up with the idea of “safe,” that everything in this world is dangerous, scary, unsure. I think that’s why I don’t take enough risks, I don’t take enough chances. I admire people who task risks, who live beyond their means. I wish I could do that. Hmm, I think I can. I can.

Live beyond your means. Do it.

Oscar Wilde